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2012-03-26
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Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking Mar 26 2012
Patrick L
Hiking13.90 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking13.90 Miles   5 Hrs   52 Mns   3.01 mph
4,000 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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I could have parked at the trailhead north of the peak and knocked it out the easy way, but that's boring. Instead, I started at 104th/Bell, followed whatever trails up to Bell Pass, dropped down to Windmill Trail, ascended East End Trail and then took a spur trail to the peak.

The spur trail starts around 33.68021 -111.803516 and heads east to a saddle, where it then heads south for the last stretch. There are cairns along the way. I had to use my hands for balance several times while stepping over and climbing up small boulders. The stretch after the saddle was fairly steep and slippery.


The climbs up Bell Pass and East End Trail gave me more trouble than I was anticipating.
The peak was cool. All three benchmarks are in exceptional condition, which surprised me. There's also a good view of the Marcus Landslide deposit. I considered checking out the base of Tom's Thumb and Lookout Trail, but didn't think I'd have the daylight or energy. Not much else worth mentioning. Nice day, good hike. McDowell Peak is next.
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